VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP
Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė, Lituanian Ambassador to the Court of St James
Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, The Economist
Dr Allan Sikk, Senior Lecturer, UCL
A quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union dissolved and the Cold War ended. These two events were so momentous that some observers even argued that history was coming to an end. 25 years later, though, much has changed. The West and Russia now find themselves in an increasingly tense and dangerous standoff.
The Henry Jackson society is delighted to invite you to an event with Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė, Edward Lucas and Dr Allan Sikk. This is the first in a series of three events exploring developments in the Former Soviet Union since 1991. It focus on the three Baltic countries. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have each made the successful transition from the Soviet Union to the European Union. Members of NATO, the three countries – perhaps more than anywhere else – are on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia. In many respects, the safety and security that the West has taken for granted since 1991 hangs on their fate. The three distinguished speakers will reflect on questions such as: How have the Baltic countries changed since 1991? What have they done right and wrong? What have we learned about them, and what should we have learn from them?
Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė is Lithuanian Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s. She has previously served as the Ambassador to France, Tunisia and Israel as well as a Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the country’s participation in international organisations, consular services, relationships with foreign Lithuanians, relations with Latin American, African, Asian and Oceanian countries. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology English Philology at Vilnius University and International Relations at the International Institute of Public Administration in France.
Edward Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist. His expertise includes energy, cyber-security, espionage, Russian foreign and security policy and the politics and economics of Eastern Europe. He is also a senior vice-president at the Centre for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Edward is a regular contributor to the BBC’s Today and Newsnight programmes, and to NPR, CNN and Sky News. He is regularly cited by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 Twitterati. As well as working for The Independent, the BBC and The Sunday Times, Edward also co-founded an English-language weekly in Tallinn, Estonia: The Baltic Independent.
Dr Allan Sikk is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He joined UCL in 2007, after receiving a PhD from Tartu University and working as the head of Estonian parliament’s research service. Dr Sikk’s research focusses on democratisation, electoral change and political parties in the Baltic states and beyond. Dr Sikk regularly briefs UK diplomats and the media (including The Economist, BBC, Reuters, France24 etc) and is one of the organisers of the biannual Baltic Symposia at UCL.